December 16, 2011 - The official release of Windows 8 is scheduled for October 26, 2012, and we couldn't be happier. While Windows 7 was a vast improvement over Vista, Windows 8 looks to be the operating system that can finally compete with Apple in terms of functionality and desirability.
According to Microsoft, Windows 8 contains hundreds of new features that will improve the user and developer experiences. A number of these improvements are worth noting, and are comprised in this list of the reasons why Windows 8 kicks ass.
The first and most obvious improvement is the new user interface. This 'metro' design style originated in Windows Phone 7 and has been perfected in Windows 8. While the standard Windows 7 look still exists behind the scenes, applications are grouped and accessed through the new start screen. This screen is designed for use with touch controls, but will work with a mouse and keyboard as well.